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12-08-2005
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here is a link to the Yves Saint Laurent foundation, it contains lots of images from the 60's and onwards.
http://www.ysl-hautecouture.com/
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mdankwah, thank you so much! In the photos on the Foundation's website, there is a very similar dress in a different fabric from Fall/Winter 1978, and the rest of that collection features a lot of dark velvet, which is what my dress is made of. So I think I can pretty confidently say this dress is Fall/Winter 1978 -- even more exciting because that's when I was born! If you know anywhere I might be able to see the full collection, that would be even more awesome...

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someone told me that it really reflected the women's collection until a certain time...it would be interesting to see that...

A little bird told me something similar...

I wanted to post some highlights from http://www.ysl-hautecouture.com/ but the licenses have expired on all my screenshot utilities.

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Charming... Simply charming...

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Another favorite Yves collection is the African inspired one from 1967....the beadwork of these dresses just amazes me.

















B&W photos: YSL-Hautecouture.com, Color photos: Firstview.com

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thank you so much spike...seems like 1967 was a good year for our friend yves...

what year are the newer pics from spike?...

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His 2002 retrospective collection for the s/s 2002 couture season.

the link for anyone who would like to check it out.
Firstview.com

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ahh....thanks again!!....

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wow, spike, you've managed to find some amazing photographs.
i'd give you more karma if i could.

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anyone familiar with these?
since you all seem so knowledgable about YSL, i was wondering if you could help. i aquired these just a couple of days ago. they are both YSL but im not sure from what time period or collection. i have a post in the shoe forum, but no ones been able to help as of yet. hopefully someone here can help me! much appreciated!


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well-you've got the link to all the ysl archives...
maybe if you browse through you'll find them...

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well there are a couple of collections that these look like they could have been from, all early nineties...but even w/ the picture enlarged, its really hard to tell. great site with the archives!!!

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I really like those boots, they'd look great with this winters Russian inspired coats.

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jun...i'm betting early 90's as well...

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Sorry I 'm late in thanking you all for these wonderful pics that reveal SO much of what Yves REALLY means as far as 20th Century fashion is concerned .

At the risk of Soft's ire , I cannot resist reposting this image as the outfit is ME . ( In spirit , at the VERY least . )



I have the leather jacket and numerous trousers in the same vein . In fact I have a number of Yves leather jackets which are absolutely amazing , and I also have a dark brown leather trench maxi-coat from the first men's collection that he did , and was the subject of much publicity when the St.Laurent Rive Gauche Homme shop opened on the Brompton Road in 1970 .
There was a Russian feel to the collection , and I fell in love with a side buttoning astrakhan overcoat with wolf sleeves , that was THE piece of the collection , but well beyond my pocket at the time .

The Lady Rendlesham deigned to sell the side -buttoning black Russian shirt of the collection , at the extraordinary price of 10 , as a come on , and of course it was sold out in hours .
Another highlight of the collection was a knitted navy wool tank top with a circle of varicoloured lurex in the front , to be worn with one of the Yves basics , a mandarin collared silk shirt . Fabulous . It was said that Yves and Pierre had EVERY concierge in Paris , madly knitting away to meet the orders for this first , SO important men's collection .

As for the famous ' Montmartre poule ' collection , it caused a riot , as the ladies who lunch of the time , were appalled by the sight of young shapely women , dressed in broad shouldered red dresses , printed with lucious lips and swaying rhythmically with utter sexual abandon , and were expected to buy into this stack of memories that Yves retained from his youth .

To be entirely fair , La Rendlesham stoutly defended Yves and told him to send out his collection again to confound the critics , but unfortunately it only resulted in Yves sending out a very staid and safe collection the following season , very much based on clothes that were sold in the UK label ' JAEGER ' collections , if not like the equally bourgeois French ' Rodier ' collections .

Yves was a genius in ' L'Art de Choc ' and all this simply served to keep his name in the public eye as the ultimate fashion designer , despite the fact that Karl Lagerfeld was snapping at his heels at CHLOE , and the Italians , like Walter Albini were already on the horizon to challenge the French dominance of RTW .

There'll be more from me on this thread as I remember it , but in the meanwhile , thanks so much again for all these glorious images that make me SO regretful of Tom Ford's attempt to ' do ' an Yves and nearly ruin the label as a result , although I will allow that the refurbishment of the shops that went with his revamp , have kept alive a truly venerable French institution that Stefano Pilati has managed to get the measure of , and earning worthwhile praise for his efforts into the bargain .


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